The Swiss Superman, the Swiss Cyborg, Cesaro. These are a few names used by the Wrestling Republic Wrestler of the Day for December 27th, 2023.
Claudio Castagnoli Biography:
Birth Name: Claudio Castagnoli
Age: 1980 (December 27th, 1980)
Weight: 232 pounds
Place of Birth: Lucerne, Switzerland
Accolades: 1x WWE United States Champion, 7x WWE Tag Team Champion, Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (2014), 2x Ring of Honor World Champion, 2x Ring of Honor Tag Team Champion, 1x PWG World Champion, #12 on the PWI Top 500 for 2023
Perennially underrated, Claudio today celebrates his 43rd birthday. To honor one of Switzerland’s finest, Claudio is today’s Wrestler of the Day.
Growing up in Switzerland, Claudio fell in love with wrestling after watching a German promotion on TV. After wrestling for promotions throughout Europe, Claudio wrestled for promotions in the United States including Chikara, CZW, and PWG. Time for these promotions led to an extended run in Ring of Honor alongside future stars such as Bryan Danielson and Seth Rollins (then Tyler Black).
Eventually, Claudio signed with WWE under the name Cesaro. A frequent tag team champion, Cesaro never won a heavyweight title in WWE despite his ten-plus years with the company. Despite being regularly featured near the top of the card, Cesaro left the company after he and WWE could not agree on an extension.
Vince McMahon’s loss was Tony Khan’s gain as our Wrestler of the Day signed with AEW. Now wrestling under his real name, he has been a big part of the stable Blackpool Combat Club. Since joining AEW, Claudio is in a featured position on ROH, winning the ROH World Title for his first world title with a major promotion. Despite a disappointing showing in the Continental Classic, Claudio surely has more great matches to look forward to in his career!
Photo Credit: AEW